Volunteer Ireland Awards 2017

The 2017 Volunteer Ireland Awards took place on Friday 1st December. From over 500 nominations, the shortlist contained 30 volunteers, 3 groups and 3 Volunteer Managers. Sister Patrica Wall (also known as the Flying Nun) was named Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year along with 10 category winners. Check out a snapshot of some of our nominees’ stories in the video below:

Each nominee, duo and group have a unique and inspiring story. One thing they all have in common is that they selflessly give their time to help others and help their community. See the full shortlist below and click the links to read their inspiring stories.

Volunteer Ireland Awards, Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo – 1st December 2017
Photo: James Connolly 


2017 Nominees & Winners

Animals & Environment

Barbara Hogg – Irish Blue Cross, Dublin

Mary Crowley and Tricia Lynch Fleming – CSPCA Funds to the Rescue, Cork

Suzanne O’Neill – Sean Walsh Park, Dublin – CATEGORY WINNER

Read their stories…

Arts, Culture & Media

Catherine Leonard – Le Chéile, Kildare

Edward Lynch – Lismore Dramatic Society, Waterford

Treasa Martin – Ballymun Local Community, Dublin – CATEGORY WINNER

Read their stories…

Campaigning & Awareness Raising

Anne Marie Crean – Reclaiming Self, Cork

Kate Lehane – STEPS, Cork

Mohammed Rafique – Rohingya Council, Carlow – CATEGORY WINNER

Read their stories…

Children & Youth

Harold Perez – Coder Dojo, Dublin

James Dempsey – Big Picture, Dublin – CATEGORY WINNER

Tina Touhy – Foróige, Mayo

Read their stories…


Patricia Lynch – Dunshaughlin Local Community, Meath – CATEGORY WINNER

Sister Patricia Wall – Slievardagh Local Community, Tipperary

Konrad Im – LGBT Cork, Cork

Read their stories…

Health & Disability

Carole Beattie – Alzheimer’s Branch, Cavan

Keith Hyland – NCBI, Dublin

Mae Murphy – Drumkill Day Centre, Monaghan – CATEGORY WINNER

Read their stories…

Safety and Emergency Services

Catriona McMahon and Kayla Cooley – Community Crisis Response Team, Limerick

Michael Cardiff – St. John’s Ambulance Ballyfermot, Dublin – CATEGORY WINNER

Susan O’Sullivan – St. John’s Ambulance, Cork

Read their stories…

Social Work and Social Inclusion

Elizabeth Naughton – Ozanam House, Roscommon

George and Mary Sugrue – Chernobyl Children International, Kerry – CATEGORY WINNER

Irene Geelan – Fáilte Isteach, Sligo

Read their stories…

Sports & Recreation

Alex Whelan – Blind Football Ireland, Dublin

Benny Grogan – W.A.T.C.H. – Walking And Tandem Cycling for Health, Louth – CATEGORY WINNER

Kathryn Keogh – Special Olympics, Wexford

Read their stories…

Outstanding Group

Ballyphehane & Togher Community Arts & Crafts Initiative, Cork – CATEGORY WINNER

Living Well with Dementia, Dublin

St. Francis Hospice, Dublin

Read their stories…

Volunteer Manager Special Commendation

Eithne Keily – Sligo Social Services, Sligo – CATEGORY WINNER

Fiona Gillespie – COPE Community Catering, Galway

Linda Keane – Ability West, Galway

Read their stories…


Previous Nominees & Winners

Volunteer of The Year 2016 – David McEvoy from Birr First Responders

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Volunteer of The Year 2015 – Matt Cullen from Swords Tidy Towns

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Volunteer of The Year 2014 – Jim Kavanagh from Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International

View all 2014 Awards

Volunteer of The Year 2013 – Declan & Darryl Barry from Waterford Marine Search & Rescue

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Volunteer of The Year 2012 – Jacqueline McAuley from VSO Ireland

View all 2012 Awards

Volunteer of The Year 2011 – Conor Malone and Conor Kavanagh

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Volunteer of The Year 2010 – Anna Hughes from Farranree Youth Club

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Volunteer of The Year 2009 – Christine Buckley from Aislinn Education and Support Centre

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Volunteer of The Year 2008 – Marie Carroll from Bayside Gymnastics

View all 2008 Awards